Avoiding aircraft damage

Aircraft damage caused by ground serving equipment is an ever-present concern, as even the slightest collision can cause thousands of pounds to repair and result in major schedule disruption. Andy Martin takes a closer look at a system implemented by Jet2.com that is helping to reduce such incidents.

EQUIPMENT

The ZoneSafe Aircraft Damage Protection System comprises RFID tags on cones, antennas and warning devices in ground vehicles that alert drivers when they enter protected zones around an aircraft.
(photos Tony Mallett)

Aprons are busy, dynamic and potentially even dangerous – places, where moving vehicles operate in close proximity to parked aircraft. The quest to shorten turnarounds between flights means that ground handlers need simultaneous access to the passenger and cargo doors, and servicing points on both sides of the fuselage. As a result, confined parking stands are typically a hive of activity involving mobile steps, tugs, baggage trolleys, belt-loaders, hi-loaders, honey wagons (used for toilet servicing), maintenance vehicles, catering trucks and fuel bowsers.

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